Tom Papania a Gambino hitman? Tell him, "He's dreaming!"
This is from the original testimony that Tom published:
"And as soon as I boarded the plane, they said my name. They put handcuffs on me, telling me
I was under arrest for shooting two men. And they even knew the names of the two men. I didn't
even know their names. I only had their picture. Brought me before a Judge, and the Judge said,
"You know, you're Italian. You're from New York, and you're down here shooting people. Are you
in the Mafia? Is this a contract?"
And I had taken a vow of silence at seventeen years old,
and I didn't even answer the Judge. And he said, "If you're going to be quiet like this when you
come before me for the trial," he said, "I'll send you away for the maximum time that I can."
When it came time for me to go before the Judge, I still kept my vow of silence. I didn't say a word.
He sentenced me to two 5 to 10 year sentences in the Kansas State Penitentiary.
"And my father wrote to tell me that I had broken my mother's heart, and he never wanted me
to speak to my mother again. Five and a half years went by. I finished the first sentence.
I was paroled to my second sentence and sent back to New York. When I got back to New York,
I didn't want to go see those men right away. I thought I had failed them. They told me to go
shoot two men and come back right away. I shot the two men. But it took me five and a half years
to get back."
Five and a half years in prison Tom? Five and a half years for shooting two men? Actually, it was
one 1-5 year sentence, and one 5-10 year prison sentence to be served concurrently, for burglary and
larceny, of which you served 18 months in prison at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility
(admitted 29 November 1965; released 22 May 1967), according to the certified Kansas Bureau of Investigation
record for Thomas Anthony Papanier, date-of-birth: 30 May 1944.
These certified KBI arrest and imprisonment documents were obtained from:
Kansas Bureau of Investigation,1620 S.W. Tyler, Topeka, Kansas 66612, USA.